Good morning friends and welcome to the New Moon in Aquarius! Last night I was finishing our MoonMedicine newsletter and began to write about what I felt in the spirit of this year and the spirit of Aquarius - I thought I would share it here too. But first look at this amazing drawing gifted to me in trade for a medicine doll to artist, Nadia Turner and Fox is in there too! This artwork drawn especially for me was a an opening to the lesson of receiving and I will share the story but first let's talk about the gift of giving!
Thank you to all of the new followers and subscribers hanging out with us here in the forest - I'm putting the virtual kettle on for you all! Last night we drew the name of a random subscriber to our MoonMedicine newsletter and the winner is Memory Maze! We truly wish we could share this doll with you all and we look forward to sharing more give away dolls in the future.
I believe that many of the dolls wish to be given away, it's a part of their medicine. This week we were inspired to give away 3 dolls: the FoxFaerie, the Himalayan Spruce doll that was left by the sacred Spring at Mt Donna Buang on an icy and misty day and the Rainbow Lorikeet medicine doll. I am always blown away by the wisdom of the dolls when they are given away - they always go to the person that needs them most. The Rainbow Lorikeet was won by a beautiful young woman, mama, painter who has survived cancer 4 times. You can see her amazing artwork at www.hellcatkreations.com. I truly couldn't have chosen a more worthy keeper - the dolls know!
I'm an Aquarian so I am thrilled to be feeling the vibe of this New Moon about to birth in Aquarius - a Super Moon means that it is very close to the body of Mother Earth and has a much stronger presence. But I've also come through one of the deepest and darkest months - I understand now that I was shedding a layer that was keeping me in a comfort zone that no longer felt comfortable. And I didn't go easy!
It's our understanding that in the Year of the Sheep we will be asked to create community even more by collaborating, sharing and weaving with each other. It is no longer a time of the 'lone wolf' - doing everything ourselves and alone. We are realising that we are all in this together and that working together not only benefits us all but really helps to lighten the load of carrying and doing everything ourselves. And even though we understand this, putting this new way into practice might be hard for some of us because it requires us to trust each other. How do we do that? We learn to really truly trust ourselves.
You might also find that as you release attachments and let go of the past in the Year of the Sheep you will then be asked to grow in your medicine and your gifts and share them in places that at first seem too big, too hard, too far. But the key word here is seem. So much has changed, we have changed too and that's why it's so important to let go of the past to dream in the new. I know all about this because after 2 years of quietly living and dollmaking in the forest and barely leaving the mountain, I was called by the powerful dreamers who have created Spirit Weavers Gathering to join them this year in the Redwood Forest in California! I have been actually feeling the call to join these amazing sisters for the last 2 years but resistant to travel so far and leave my beloved forest. But there was more to it, something I couldn't really put my finger on. This year the call was strongest of all and as much as I felt every cell in my body say yes! to the Gathering I also felt an enormous amount of fear.
This year I broke through the fear and reached out to my sisters of the North and received an invitation to join them in the Redwoods! But as soon as I accepted, my fear ramped up a notch and my back went out - I was unable to walk for a week! As I lay in bed I had a lot of time to finally meet and know that fear. I was afraid that something so big and magical was requiring me to be bigger and I thought that meant to be more than myself. But we are never asked to be more than ourselves or to be like someone else. Yes it was a big energy calling me to travel across the oceans but Spirit only ever wants you to be present as yourself. We are always enough. As soon as I let go of what I thought I should be I acknowledged that the pain in my back was actually about creativity blocked and locked up in my body. When I acknowledged that I was here to teach what I know and share my love of dollmaking and also create in even more mediums, my back 'let go' of the pain. I think we have a hard time understanding how magnificent we naturally and truly are. We have a terrible habit of comparing ourselves to others and their gifts and that is so sad. It's like having an orange tree and wishing for apples. This year is the year - it's going to ask a lot of you because you have a lot inside you. It's time to let it out, let yourself out and share yourself and what you love to do with as many people as possible.
Nadia Turner is one of our favourite artists and we are also lucky to have her as a neighbour here in Sherbrooke Forest. I am still very emotional when I look at the drawing of the dollmaker that she created for me - not only because it depicts Fox and I but because it contains the message my Spirit has given me about creating what I love and letting it go. Sharing creativity with others and letting the dolls take me as far as they need to go. It reminds me that the little is the big - that in a small doll is a big world. This year I will be stretching out to teach as many people as I can to weave and sing love into the creation of their own medicine dolls. I hope to see you in my travels. I see each doll now as a little seed of love being planted back into the body of the Earth. Let's plant this garden together.